Author: Marc Weinberg
I apologize in advance if this editorial seems rushed and not up to the ridiculously high standard of previous prose that my readers have come to expect. This particular piece was still percolating in my mind, and I didn't think it would need to be written so soon. But then it turned out that my previous editorial about Djokavic being a betting certainty to win the French was no longer shall we say relevant.
Someone once told me that there is no such thing as a betting certainty. What a wise person!
And so, in an attempt to consign that previous blunder to the archives forever, I present a new editorial suggesting hopefully more lucrative avenues for investing some dosh. This time let's attack those bookies with their market for "Next Chelsea Manager"
, and my advice here is to bet on Mark Hughes at odds of 7/2
available at Betfred.com
Here are Five Reasons Why Hughes Will Manage Chelsea
1. Chelsea Players Want Him As Their Manager
John Terry doesn't hire the next Chelsea gaffer, but it goes a long way when he publicly endorses a candidate. Earlier today he went on the record stating that Hughes is "someone that hopefully the club will be talking to. If it's him he will be welcomed by the players." I'm also hoping since I've snapped up that 7/2.
2. Guus Hiddink Is Still Managing Turkey
Or at least he was last time I checked, and although he is odds-on in the betting to be the next Chelsea manager it seems unlikely he will leave this gig right now with Euro qualifiers on deck. It's not like Guus is looking for work, and yes he would be a great fit for Chelsea, but does he want this position right now? I'm betting no, but expect him to manage Chelsea again at some point.
3. Mark Hughes Quit Fulham Looking For Something Bigger
Hughes resurrected his coaching rep after a tough time at Manchester City. He did well at Fulham, and used them as a stepping stone to get a big club to notice him. Then he resigned on June 2 and said "As a young, ambitious manager I wish to move on to further my experiences." That's basically a plea to Chelsea to hire him.
4. Harry Redknapp Is Going Nowhere Either
If Hiddink doesn't manage Chelsea the only other viable candidate is Harry, but it would be a massive surprise if he left Spurs now for Chelsea. Harry has had a taste of Champions League football and probably wants more of the same but with the same club. And he just doesn't seem like the kind of guy Roman would hire.
5. The Smart Money Is Pouring In For Hughes
These betting markets are very susceptible to inside information and in the space of the last 24 hours a lot of shrewdies I know, including myself (I humor myself by thinking I have self-knowledge), have climbed into this position. Some online bookies are already down to 9/4 so take the 7/2 or the 4/1 at betting exchanges and do it quickly.
I still cling to the faint hope that Pour Moi or Ocean War will run big in the Epsom Derby
tomorrow and vindicate my reputation as well as salvaging the old bankroll. Happy punting!
Posted by Marc Weinberg at 23:33 on 3 June 2011